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#2261 danak71

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    Posted 06 August 2012 - 09:01 PM

    Originally Posted by Amanda Gardner 

    Where is everyone having there cocktail hour and reception? Are you having a DJ? Which package are you doing?

    I'm planning to have the cocktail hour at the X-Lounge and the reception at CECO Terrace...we haven't decided on dj yet.



    #2262 kshannon

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      Posted 07 August 2012 - 08:07 AM

      The pictures I have seen on here blow my mind. I cannot wait to get down there!!!

       

      Has anyone used DJ Mannia and/or Rodrigo del rio Lozano for photography? And if so, what are the resort fees associated with both? Thank you everyone for being so helpful!! 

       

      Also does the Ceco terrace have a dance floor (reception) or something similar? 

       

      Lastly, is everyone planning on doing traditional wedding things like bouquet toss/ first dance/ cake cutting? 

       

      We are getting married 6/2013 and dont really have a lot planned out. It is kinda freaking me out! Thanks everyone and happy planning!



      #2263 Amanda Gardner

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        Posted 07 August 2012 - 03:00 PM

        The pictures I have seen on here blow my mind. I cannot wait to get down there!!! Has anyone used DJ Mannia and/or Rodrigo del rio Lozano for photography? And if so, what are the resort fees associated with both? Thank you everyone for being so helpful!!  Also does the Ceco terrace have a dance floor (reception) or something similar?  Lastly, is everyone planning on doing traditional wedding things like bouquet toss/ first dance/ cake cutting?  We are getting married 6/2013 and dont really have a lot planned out. It is kinda freaking me out! Thanks everyone and happy planning!

        I have not seen a dance floor in pictures of CECO terrace, but you can rent one from DJ. We are planning to not have a formal dance floor but just use the open space to dance in. I'm not doing bouquet toss because only 2 people are unmarrief going with us, but may do it at our at home reception. We are doing cake cutting and first dance at resort and at our at home reception. Has anyone gotten a 2013 price sheet I only have 2012?

        #2264 Coko

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          Posted 07 August 2012 - 03:01 PM

          Hi! I'm getting married May 2013 at EPM and I'm so happy that I found you all!!!

          #2265 Coko

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            Posted 07 August 2012 - 03:16 PM

            I am new here but I'm so glad I found others getting married at EPM:D

            #2266 danak71

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              Posted 09 August 2012 - 06:42 AM

              Originally Posted by Coko 

              Hi! I'm getting married May 2013 at EPM and I'm so happy that I found you all!!!

              What date in May? I'm May 4, 2013! Congratulations, you picked an awesome resort and a terrific forum!



              #2267 danak71

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                Posted 09 August 2012 - 06:44 AM

                Good morning Ladies,

                 

                Sounds like you've all been busy while I've been offline! It's been awhile since I've posted! I got so much done in April when we first got engaged that then I had nothing left to do for a while! LOL

                 

                But I'm so excited because we started out planning to use an outside photographer in Mexico, then decided on the resort photographer because it was cheaper although we didn't like his work as well, and now I'm happy to say as of yesterday we've been able to negotiate with a photographer here in Atlanta for her and an assistant to come with us and shoot not just the wedding day but also the Welcome Reception, Catamaran Excursion, and our Recovery Brunch the day after! She did my girlfriend's wedding in September and her work is amazing! She was doing our engagement pics so we really wanted the same person that did our engagement session to shoot the wedding.

                 

                We're in the process of doing our invitations now. I don't know if it's necessarily needed since we sent our STD's in May and about 50 people have already booked their rooms, but for the family members that can't come I think it will be something nice for them outside of anything online they've received.

                 

                We're doing passport invitations with a boarding pass RSVP card. My girlfriend (an amazing graphics design person) is in the process of working on them as well as the rest of the the wedding suite (welcome letter, welcome card, weekend timeline, door hanger, programs, etc.) I'll post pics when she's finished.

                 

                We haven't booked airfare yet because we're waiting on Airtran to post their fares in September. My plan is to purchase our seats on Airtran and then check in 24 hours before and upgrade us to Business Class for like $99. Much cheaper than booking a Biz Class seat to begin with. Hopefully that works! LOL

                 

                I just started buying stuff for our OOT bags so that's been exciting seeing all the packages come in...even if they are only Advil and Shout! LOL

                 

                Well, back to work I go...happy planning ladies! By the way, anyone getting married at EPM weekend of May 4, 2013?



                #2268 May12

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                  Posted 09 August 2012 - 08:37 AM

                  Hi Coko! Congratulations!! We were married at EPM this past May 19th and will be going back for our anniversary in 2013 so we will be there while you're there! You picked an amazing place for you wedding...you'll love it! :)

                  Originally Posted by Coko 

                  Hi! I'm getting married May 2013 at EPM and I'm so happy that I found you all!!!


                  #2269 May12

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                    Posted 09 August 2012 - 09:19 AM

                    Congrats Carley!

                    The price had us wavering about the venue at first, but it really is worth it. Most other AI resorts get you on up-charges and it ends up being more than you expected to pay anyway. The way we worked it was by telling our guests to stay at EPM from Thursday through Sunday-we had our travel agent working with us on a block rate and "advising" everyone to stay there for at least this amount of time. If they wanted to stay longer, great, if not, we recommended extending their stay at the Marriott Casa Magna in the Hotel Zone in Cancun (not an all inclusive). Several guests stayed at Casa Magna earlier in the week and then met the rest of us at EPM on Thursday am for an excursion. (16 of us went to Tulum and Playa Del Carmen) The other half of our guests who were only staying a few days just checked into EPM on Thursday and we all met for welcome cocktails on Thursday night. This way, everyone was there for the events of the wedding weekend but if they didn't want to spend the extra money to stay there longer than 3 nights, they could save a little by going somewhere else first.

                    It worked out in the end perfect for everyone, but EVERY single guest who left on Sunday made the comment about wishing they had stayed at least till Monday and were very jealous of the group that stayed a little longer.

                    We had the legal ceremony and only needed our passports and tourist cards given at the airport. We didn't need to send anything ahead of time other than a sheet of paper to fill out with our and our witnesses info....no birth certificate, divorce papers, etc. needed. It is a legal binding document recognized in 64(?-if I remember correctly) countries. Every state in Mexico is different but this was the most current in Quntana Roo. Your witnesses who you choose(4 of them) need to be there by the afternoon on Wednesday for a Saturday wedding to give their passport and tourist card info to your wedding coordinator. These will be the same people you put on the form, and they will be a part of your actual ceremony to sign the documents at that point. You literally give your thumbprint, sign 4 pages of documents and then your witnesses will need to sign each of the 4 pages. If you have music you're playing, you'll need 2 3 to 4 minute songs to play during this.

                    The blood taking is really not bad...we did it on the Tuesday before the wedding and had to pay the Dr. $200 cash in USD.

                    The Judge who was at the ceremony did not officiate the wedding, but watched and signed the documents. Nayeli, our WC actually officiated the ceremony (in English) and it was beautiful! When we came home, our court did not need a copy to register, they said it was a legal binding document. My Husband is retired from the Air Force so we needed to get me in the "system" with the government as his wife...we went to the Air Force base with the legal document-IN SPANISH, and it was not a problem. She put me in and made me an ID card on the spot! SUPER easy!

                    Now, we are from the US, so for us, this is what we needed to do. I would double check with your wedding coordinator and then your courts at home to see what they will need as well.  Everything went so smooth, we thought "there must be more to this!" but there really wasn't. :)  

                     

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                    Originally Posted by carleyUK 

                    Hi Ladies,

                     

                    First off let me say how beautiful all of you look in the photos ive seen so far!! amazing.

                     

                    Im looking to get married with my partner here in April 2013...got a few hesitations/queries though.

                     

                    1.Symbolic or civil ? im so worried about messing up all the paperwork and the translations and blood work etc? do you think its easier to marry before and just have the "proper" party/ceremony there. is the symbolic ceremony much different to the civil ?

                     

                    2.A few of my guests are complaining about the prices to stay here, is it possible to bring guests that arent on site to the wedding and does anyone know the cost implications of this ?

                     

                    The resort is just so fantastic that i really dont want to change because of my guests but on the other hand i would like my nearest and dearest with me on my special day.

                     

                    Any help/comments would be greatly appreciated

                     

                    thank you x



                    #2270 Coko

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                      Posted 09 August 2012 - 12:54 PM

                      Congratulations to you as well!! My wedding date is May 18, 2013! We just booked our trip on yesterday so I'm really excited! We vacationed at EPM last August with my best friend and her husband and fell in love with the resort! I got engaged on June 22, 2012 and I just began my planning process this week after spending hours on this forum! LOL! I didn't know where to start first. You ladies have helped me out a great deal!




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